The Perfect Nigerian Fried Rice


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Nigerian Fried Rice

You are probably like 9jafoodie really? perfect? perfect is a strong word fah?! yes perfect! if there is one thing I can cook with both my eyes closed and one hand tied to the back, it is Nigerian Fried rice.  I wasn’t really that obsessive about it until I started dating my husband.

You see hen, he is not the type to complain about anything, like NEVER. So you can imagine my surprise when he casually mentioned how much he detested improperly prepared fried rice, like to the point where he would rather starve. Ha! me I was just like ho really?… but in my head hen, I started thinking about the many ways to tighten my fried rice game. lol.

With the numerous techniques I picked up from our Asian cousins  (who are the masters at fried rice between), I have my fried rice down to a science. You can go through feedback from people who have tried my coconut fried rice & basmati fried rice recipe. There are basic dos and don’t s for a perfect fried rice in my book, here they are:

1) Do season your boiled rice base or use broth; water doesn’t work

2) Don’t overcook your rice. This is the first step to a disastrous fried rice. If the rice is overcooked and mushy, please just remake it

3) Day old rice works best but it’s not a must. If you have a particular day you almost always make fried rice, make your parboiled rice a day before and store in the fridge

4) Season your vegetables while they are chopped and resting, it helps the overall flavour of the prepared rice

5) It’s okay to like your rice a little on the yellow/green side, however you don’t want an overpowering curry taste. Use turmeric for color and curry for flavor

Follow these suggestions  and you will always prepare great fried rice.

Important Note:

The rice you use for the fried rice is just as important as the cook. I have been known to splurge a little on my rice. I have a trusted brand and I stick to it no matter the cost. Here is a handy water to rice ratio tip:

    • basmati rice: 1 part rice to 1 1/4 parts liquid
    • parboiled rice : 1 part rice to 2 parts liquid
The Perfect Nigerian Fried Rice


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Serves: 6

You may add protein into your fried rice. Shrimp, mincedmeat and chicken are great options. Thoroughly cook the meat and combine with prepared vegetables before adding in the rice.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 2 cubes maggi
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper (substitute other ground pepper)
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables (bell pepper,carrot, peas, cabbage & sweetcorn)
  • 2 cups rice (washed) (Parboiled or Basmati - please see note in introduction)
  1. Season chopped vegetables with some salt, maggi and pepper. Set aside
-I love to make my carrot into flower. Simply carve 4 thin incisions lengthwise on the carrot then slice. see photo below
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  2. Place a large pot (with a good fitting lid) on medium heat. Heat up one part of oil and add in onion rosemary and bay leaves. Stir-fry until onion is fragrant and translucent. Add in 1 part each of curry, thyme, 1 cube maggi and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir.Add in 4 cups water (3 cups if using basmati rice). Cover the pot, increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Alternatively use any type of broth you have on hand
  1. Reduce the heat on the broth to low-medium add in the rice and stir. Cover the pot tightly. leave the rice to cook for 25 minutes (or 15 minutes if using basmati rice). Uncover the pot and spread the rice on a flat plate to cool
-if the rice isn't cooked to your liking, leave the pot covered for another 5-10 minutes (do not add more water)
-If the rice is cooked but there is still residual water in the pan, leave the rice UNCOVERED on medium heat for another 5 minutes
  1. Place another large pot on medium heat, add in the left over oil and heat slightly. Add mixed vegetables and left over seasoning. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes
  2. Combine the precooked rice and vegetables. Stir well to combine.Taste and adjust for seasoning as needed
  3. Your rice is ready to serve. Enjoy with some fried plantain and stewed meat or chicken

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By |July 27th, 2015|69 Comments


  1. MrsOO September 10, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

    So I tried this your recipe first when water dried rice wasn’t cooked fully so I covered just as you said , truly it only needed steam and it was good , stir fried ingredients put the rice to cool in sieve while I stir fried and I incorporated both into a big pot it was so nice 👍, thumbs up to you and God bless you because my husband can’t stand improperly cook fried rice just like yours , I was so scared but it came out well , God bless you over and over again .

  2. Margie August 9, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I forgot to add; I will be cooking the normal rice we have here in Nigeria, is there any point adding turmeric to give the rice a yellow-look finish?

  3. Margie August 9, 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Hello Aunty Ronke,
    I was just going to read and pass but with the so much impressive comments I have read down + I have never cooked fried rice before, I have decided I wont try away this great opportunity. My husband’s birthday is this Sunday and I have been battling with myself how to make that day special for him, I have hope now.

  4. Titilayo June 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you 9jafoodie for the info,but is it advisable to use butter for jollof rice for shiny

  5. Bolanle May 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Best fried rice ever. Wanted sharing the pix but could not find where to.

  6. Bolanle May 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    In the process of making this recipe. Can I use extra virgin olive oil?

  7. Ebube April 16, 2017 at 5:23 am - Reply

    This recipe is the truth. I have never made fried rice this good and the rice ” standing one one”, lol. Thanks for sharing oo, you have made my Easter!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Yasss!! That is the way I like my rice too.

  8. adebimpe February 15, 2017 at 1:11 am - Reply

    MA , what type of rice you called basmit

  9. Kla December 30, 2016 at 4:09 am - Reply

    Wowow, it looks so delicious. Its like it’s going to be our dinner today:) greetings from Poland 😉

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 30, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Do let me know how it turns out.

      • Kla December 30, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

        Wonderful! it taste the same like it look, or I can say that the taste its even better;)
        Thanks for the recipe:)

  10. Aina Motunrayo December 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I want to prepare fried rice using your method.I don’t understand what you meant by parboiled I need to first parboil normal Nigerian raw rice or do they sell parboiled rice in d market.please explain.

  11. Oge December 8, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Prepared the rice and hubby love it so very much, thanks aunt Ronnie

  12. thedaughtersofthegreatking12 November 16, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke, is it me or there’s no pasta/spaghetti menu on the site 😳😳😁.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      I have a recipe for meatballs but not pasta. I will do a pasta recipe soon.

  13. cynthia October 29, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    pls oo sis can any brown rice be ok… if i dont get Parboiled or Basmati

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Brown rice? Not for the way this recipe is written.

  14. modee September 28, 2016 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    wow you made my day.. yesterday was my bro wife birthday and he asked me to cook fried rice..i wanted something different and came to ur site , infact before the rice came down from fire every body was commenting… i guess it was sweeter than yours cos they all asked for a second plate…. the aroma alone was filling

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 2, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Awww that is awesome! thanks for the feedback.

  15. Green Diamonds September 13, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    You are the real MVP!!!I tried this yesterday ,wanted to surprise my bf…I loved it and so did he…At first he was said he wasn’t hungry so I persuaded him to take three spoons after taking the first spoon he said it was really tasty and ate the whole plate 😂😂😂.Thank you so much 😍😍😍.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Awww that’s awesome. Thanks for the feedback.

  16. Chloe August 19, 2016 at 2:54 am - Reply

    This is the best fried rice I’ve had. I’ve been trying to replicate the fried rice my 9ja aunty makes in South Africa. I have found THE ONE! I will always come back to this recipe. Thank you 😀

    PS I added prawns for some extra flair! Hubby go cry now for excitement!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 20, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      yeiiiiiii!!! that’s great to hear. Thanks for the feedback.

  17. Omotayo July 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Ma,you ‘re doing a job i must confess I just stumbled on your blog yesterday 11/07/16 wen I was looking for how to prepare fried rice ,I followed every detail nd i must confess I am really proud of myself,fried rice has not tasted this nice nd am happy i prepared it myself …God bless u

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      awwww… awesome. thanks for the feedback.

  18. Oby July 10, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

    This is heavenly, I couldn’t resist commenting. The rice is still on fire o! But the aroma is attracting neighbors and everyone is on queue. I have been making fried rice, but this recipe killed them all. Will be back with the final result. God Bless you darling.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 10, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      awwww that’s awesome! thanks for the feedback.

  19. xta June 19, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I haven’t made fried rice in years. I mentally prepared myself for the task ahead. I followed your instructions and I’m proud to announce I nailed it. Perfect father’s day meal.

  20. HB June 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    hi! thank you for this post, you’ve given me the missing thing in my fried rice! please I need help with rice oooo, which one is your trusted brand? I live in Edmonton so I can relate to any one you tell me!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      I use a brand called 404 premium.

      • HB June 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

        God bless you!

      • HB June 13, 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

        I deenor zee it o… pls which store can i buy it from? Closest one i saw is in Winnipeg 🙁

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie June 15, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

          Lol…. check your local indian food store. I get mine from a small shop here.

  21. Ebube May 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Another trick is once you’ve cooked the rice, put in the fridge to cool down for 15-30 mins… It’s best when it’s cold this helps the rice to stay separated (just like day old rice) when you add it to the veggies

  22. linda April 14, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply


  23. abisi March 30, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this post! I followed it to the last letter. For the first time I made fried rice I am completely proud of; Rice texture and taste, 150%
    Thank you

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      yeiiiiiiiiii!!! thank you for the feedback.

  24. tessk February 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious. Makes me want to visit Nigeria. I’m in the states, Central United States. People here don’t eat much rice. But, I’m from an area of the U.S. where rice is eaten and grown.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 25, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      It is very tasty. Maybe you can ship some rice to Nigeria, we consume so much of it yet we do not have a supported rice growing industry.

  25. Esther February 22, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Hello maam,am new here, pls help out. whats rosemary nd bay leaves?

  26. Aby February 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Made it today and one of my best fried rice yet…hubby and friends were raving bout it!!

  27. lizee December 6, 2015 at 7:03 am - Reply

    You’re God sent. I made this today and he doesn’t like carrots but he ate two big plates. Thanks sooo much.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      awwww, that’s great to hear! thanks for the feedback.

  28. Amaka November 25, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I love your blog, so I wanted to suggest a page on spices and what dishes preferably to use it for. Like Rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and popular spices. I only use maggi, crayfish, salt and pepper. It will be nice to experiment with other spices

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      That’s a brilliant idea Amaka… going on the list 🙂

  29. Maymunah November 7, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    OMG thank you so much for this recipe I made it today and it came out perfect. So much easy and less time consuming compared to how I used to make it!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 8, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Awww that’s awesome! thanks for the feedback.

  30. Lekan September 30, 2015 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Can this be done with brown rice ?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      yes it can, do keep in mind that brown rice requires longer cooking time.

  31. Fidelia August 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Hello, is it nice to use frozen mixed veg for fried rice? Does it come out same

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      yes it does, i use frozen vegetables all the time.

  32. embehie August 7, 2015 at 12:45 am - Reply

    Wanna try mine today maam…..will upload a pic of it once

  33. Mobola August 5, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Hello aunty ronke, I wanna cook this for my boyfriend dis weekend. And I’m gonna use a parboiled rice…..I wouldn’t make the rice too soft bah? And I really don’t understand the part of seasoning the vegetables befor stir frying. Can u pls help out? Thank u ma.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Hello! don’t make the rice every soft, simply follow the instruction as is. To season the vegetables, just add in some salt & maggi while you are preparing the rice.

  34. Bless July 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Wait so when do you add the broth? Or do we add it in replace of water?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 1, 2015 at 6:14 am - Reply

      Broth is substitute for water in the second step.

      • Bless August 9, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

        Thank you!

  35. jonathan bidemi July 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Interesting. Eye catching n beautiful

  36. Calabar Gal July 29, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Wow! Those flowery carrots are an eye opener! Thank you Ronke! I’m copying your fried rice science hook, line and sinker. 🙂

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome. Do let us know how it turns out.

  37. Chukwuma July 29, 2015 at 12:11 am - Reply

    This blog rocks….

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